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|Celebrate Valentine's Day with Children's Library Events|
|News Releases - Local Events|
|Written by Lisa Lockheart|
|Monday, 27 January 2014 08:55|
(Rock Island, IL): Celebrate Valentine's Day as a family with two free family events coming at the Rock Island Public Library.
The library will offer a "Knight in Shining Armor" Valentine's Day Party, to complement the children's Midwinter Knight's Read winter reading challenge. The 2:00 pm party on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Rock Island 30/31 Branch Library, 3059 30th Street, is part of expanded Saturday programming offered to meet the needs of families with work or scheduling conflicts during the week. The event will repeat at 6:00 pm on Monday, Feb. 3 at the Rock Island Southwest Branch, 9010 Ridgewood Road.
Among other activities, children will make a knight's shield and valentine cards and play valentine bingo. "This is more than a storytime," said Children's Librarian Ranell Dennis. "It's a one-stop event with games, several stories and multiple crafts that beat cabin fever with some free family time at the library. And beyond fun, events like these foster a lifelong love of reading and learning." She noted that reading together helps children build vocabulary, verbal ability and comprehension skills that directly relate to improved reading, writing and learning.
"The library is a perfect place to begin learning literacy skills that will last a lifetime," she added.
Each Super Saturday starts with a early childhood storytime at 11:00 am, with the all ages party connected to a different holiday or theme following at 2:00 pm. Additional Super Saturday parties include a St. Patrick's Day party on Saturday, March 8 at the Southwest Branch; an April showers frog party on Saturday, April 19 at the 30/31 Branch, and a yellow-brick road Wizard of Oz party on Saturday, May 17 at the Main Library Children's Room, 401 19th Street. The Saturday storytime is at the same location as each month's party.
Founded in 1872, the Rock Island Public Library serves the area through three locations, which include the Main, 30/31 and Southwest Branches, community outreach efforts, and online opportunities that provide resources to enhance personal achievement and stimulate the imagination.
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